Mangala Heritage Home

2008

Across the villages of India, countless traditional houses get razed down to be replaced with poorly designed concrete structures. An opportunity was presented to restore one such beautiful house that has stood the test of time in the lovely village of Thirupugaloor in the Nagapattinam district. The proposition was to convert it into a heritage home for people who visit the village’s famous temple complex. The house was of typical Tamilnadu style with narrow rooms, small open courtyards, and a toilet only in the backyard. The design resolved to fulfil the needs of modern-day utilities while maintaining the house's individuality.

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Narrow rooms were joined together to create large bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms. In the back, two more bedrooms, a kitchen, and a dining area were added. The old house's joinery elements and tiles/oxide flooring were carried over into the addition. The courtyards were painted in vibrant sun and sky colours and adorned with polished tapered timber columns. The niches hold interesting artefacts giving the interiors a cosy welcome. Thus, Mangala heritage home is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway, with traditional elements that had been updated to meet modern requirements.